Russell Walker, PhD

Russell Walker

Russell Walker, Ph.D helps companies develop strategies to manage risk and harness value through analytics. He has developed and taught executive programs on Enterprise Risk, Operational Risk, Corporate Governance, Analytics and Big Data, and Global Leadership. Russell leads the PRMIA Complete Course in Executive Education for Risk Management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern Univesity. He founded and teaches the Analytical Consulting Lab, Risk Lab, Global Lab, and Digital Lab, all very popular experiential learning classes at the Kellogg School of Management, which bring Kellogg MBA students together with corporate opportunities focused on data and strategy. He also teaches courses in risk management, analytics, and on strategies in globalization.

Russell was awarded the Kellogg Impact award by Kellogg MBA students for excellence and impact in teaching Enterprise Risk Management. His recent award-winning book, From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics (Oxford University Press, 2015) examines how firms can best monetize their data. He is the author of the text Winning with Risk Management (World Scientific Publishing, 2013), which examines the principles and practice of risk management through business case studies. He has also authored many business cases and published multiple Kellogg case studies through Harvard Business School Publishing. His cases have been highlighted by the Harvard Business School Publishing, the Aspen Institute, PRMIA, and the Bank of England for excellence in teaching risk management.

A member of the Menus of Change Scientific and Technical Council for Menus of Change, Russell is also a member of the board of the Education and Technology Committee to the Morton Arboretum and former board member of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where he developed support programs for Hispanic entrepreneurs and worked with US senators on US Latino matters. He is often quoted in the Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and CNN among other news media, and has been invited to share his perspective internationally through seminars. He is a frequent lecturer at the IESE Business School in Spain, the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, and the Indian School of Business in India. Russell has advised many leading organizations, including the US Department of State, The World Bank, IFC, The Bank of England, among others. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he studied catastrophic risk analysis. He also holds an MS from Cornell University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and a BS from the University of South Florida. (Evanston, IL)